This is happening! Pork butts on the @WeberGrills Smokey Mountain Smoker In The Snow

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Had to shovel out the smoker but the show must go on.

5 lb pork butt.
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Rubbed down with EVOO and my go-to Paul Prudhomme Blackened magic rub.

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Smoker at 276- butts hit the Weber Smokey Mountain Smoker at 7:20AM
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Two hours in and she is developing some nice color- smoker running between 266 and 315.  Internal temp 132.  It was looking a little dry so I added some warm water to the water pan and spritzed the butts with a mixture of honey, tabasco, apple cider vinegar, worcestershire, and ketchup.

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12:00PM Update Pit temps started to recede under 260 degrees despite all bottom vents being wide open so I fired up a half a chimney of briquettes and added them through the smoker fuel door. Internal temp 160. Also spritzed again with the liquid mixture to build flavors and bark.   Looking good.  Don’t think I’m going to foil them.

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1:20PM She broke out of the stall.  170 internal and has a nice bark forming.

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1:50PM Pulled The Butts Off and Wrapped Them To bring to Sista Felicia’s. Wrapped in foil and tossed them in a cooler to transport and will finish in her oven
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Brought butts to my sisters and tossed them in my sister’s oven til 195.
Pulled them out and rested for a half hour. Couldn’t resist ripping off a hunk of burnt ends
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Five Alarm Crock Pot Chili At www.northeastbbq.com

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For these cold days after shoveling nothing better than some warm, hearty chili.
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 small green bell pepper, chopped
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 (16-ounce) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
 1(16-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 (14-1/2-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1 small can of tomato paste
2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon crushed black pepper
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons tabasco sauce
4 strips bacon
dollop of sour cream
3 cheese mexican blend
1/3 cup chopped green onion
First off cook up your bacon in a cast iron skillet and chop them into half inch strips once finished and place in the crock pot.
Next add your chopped onion, peppers, garlic over medium high heat until the onions are translucent.  Add those to the crock pot.
Add the ground beef to the cast iron skillet and brown it up, then add that to the crock pot with the rest of the ingredients except the mexican three cheese blend, sour cream and chopped green onion to garnish after the chili has finished in the cock pot.
Cook on slow for 4-5 hours in the crock pot, garnish with the shredded three cheese mexican blend, chopped green onion and a dollop of sour cream.

Holy Crap I Can’t Believe I Promised Everyone Smoked #Ribs In A Snowstorm Live Blog

All month long I’ve been looking forward to the first Patriots playoff game to smoke up some ribs for the crew.  Babyback ribs were on sale so I picked up three racks and looked at the forecast yesterday which said the rain and snow was supposed to stop between noon and 2pm today.

Well fast forward to today and there’s no rain at all, instead it’s a full on sideways huge wind snowstorm.

Not to be deterred by the weather we forge ahead!

Babybacks were on sale at Stop and Shop yesterday but they didn’t have them in yet and would be frozen so I went to Market Basket, paid a little more from them but they were in the case unfrozen.

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Took the ribs out of the cryovac and gave them a thorough rinse.

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Next piercing the sinewy membrane on the bone side of the ribs and peeled off the membrane.  This is not difficult at all.  just carefully slide your knife under the membrane til you get to the other side and once you have enough lifted away from the meat take a paper towel to help you grip the membrane and pull it away from the rib.  It may take one or two trys to get it all off but this step should not intimidate you.  It’s alot easier than it looks.

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Once the membrane is off pat the ribs down with a paper towel to get them dry of any excess moisture from when you washed them.

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Next slather a small amount of yellow mustard on the ribs which is used to help adhere the rub to the ribs.  You won’t taste the yellow mustard it’s simply used to aid in adhering the rub so there’s no need to go out and purchase some fancy expensive mustard for this.

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Now for the rub.  I use the Paul Prudhomme rub for just about everything.  It’s fantastic.  Apply liberally on all sides and let the ribs rest for a couple hours.

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Next to set up the Weber Smokey Mountain Smoker.

The wind is driving the snow sideways .  Going out for ten minutes my sweater is completely drenched with wet snow.  Took about ten minutes just to get the chimney lit.

Set up the smoker using the minion method with the charcoal basket at the bottom of the smoker hollowed out and the inside circumference of the charcoal basket lined with briquettes, cherry wood chips and apple chunks.  Once the 1/3 of a chimney of briquettes got going I dumped them into the center of the charcoal basket, looking for a gradual build up in temperatures to 225-250.

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So now that the pit temps hit 200 we toss the Ribs on

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Luckily last weekend I bought a nice plastic cover for the Maverick remote temperature gauge/  These things don’t like to get wet and today probably would have fried the unit if it wasn’t in the plastic housing.  $2.99 cents at Ocean State Job Lot was a good insurance policy for the sensor to stay dry.

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Two hours in I wasn’t satisfied with the color, and the Weber Smokey Mountain had been cruising along at 225.  I opened the fuel door and saw quite a bit of charcoal had been used up.  Figuring we needed another two hours of heat and looking for a little more heat I fired up 2/3 a chimney of briquettes and added them to the charcoal basket.  I also mixed up a container of a couple of tablespoons of Stubbs BBQ sauce, a couple of ounces of apple cider vinegar and a tablespoon of tabasco sauce and spritzed the ribs.

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The snow has stopped, it’s just raw and cold out but the extra lit charcoal has helped the temps on the pit climb.

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2:45PM Pull the ribs off the pit and foil them.

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A drizzle of honey, a drizzle of Sweet Baby Rays and a light sprinkle of brown sugar. Ribs foiled meat side down and back on the smoker.

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3:30 Update Unwrapped the ribs and put them back on the pit.  Was careful to collect the drippings from the foil to add into the final BBQ sauce for an extra kick. Dipping my fingers into the drippings all I can say is OMG.  Difficult to have patience but we’re gonna let the bark firm up for another 45 minutes or so. Pit temp is 350

3:40 Update Just gave the ribs the final spritz with a combination of the drippings from the foil, The stubbs, the tabasco sauce and apple cider vinegar mixture.  Opened all the vents to try to get everything to caramelize as much as possible.  Will pull off at 4:00PM

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The money shot-
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Ribeye’s At Stop and Shop East Gloucester $5.99 Lb. A No-Brainer Purchase

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I like to point out great deals.  This is a great deal.  $5.99 a lb for choice ribeyes when you buy three steaks or more.  These are usually $9-$11 a lb.

Got a bunch for the crew for Sunday dinner. There was boneless and semi-boneless all with nice marbling.   No one complained Smile

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